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Fri 20 Apr
Potter Point Hike
Friday, April 20, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Take a walk in the woods on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Fri 20 Apr
Potter Point Hike
Friday, April 20, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Take a walk in the woods on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Fri 20 Apr
Porcupine Adventure
Friday, April 20, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will take participants up the Red Oak Ridge Trail to view the abandoned graphite mines. Participants will get a chance to see recent porcupine activity in and around the mines as well as their feeding quarters. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511. Program fees apply.

Registration: Required
Fri 20 Apr
Porcupine Adventure
Friday, April 20, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will take participants up the Red Oak Ridge Trail to view the abandoned graphite mines. Participants will get a chance to see recent porcupine activity in and around the mines as well as their feeding quarters. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511. Program fees apply.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Apr
Canal Clean Sweep
Saturday, April 21, 2018 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

At the Visitor Center

All along the canal people are coming out, working together and cleaning up along the way! Getting this terrific area a fresh cleaning for the beginning of the 2018 season!

This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity to come out and lend a hand at Schoharie Crossing. Lunch will be provided to those volunteers who wish to stay until noon to help out.

Please bring work gloves, wear proper hard soled footwear for walking the grounds. Personal hand tools such as rakes, trash grabbers, etc. are welcome – please put your name on it so it isn't misplaced.

Register through Parks & Trails New York here: http://ptny.org/events/canal-clean-sweep

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Apr
CANCELLED: Early Spring Wildflowers at Thacher Park
Saturday, April 21, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Due to weather, the event has been cancelled.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Apr
CANCELLED: Early Spring Wildflowers at Thacher Park
Saturday, April 21, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Due to weather, the event has been cancelled.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Apr
Mud Pond Hike
Saturday, April 21, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is a pretty flat hike. We will start off on the nature trail and head out to Mud Pond. There we will see some beaver lodges and maybe some other fun wildlife. This hike is fairly easy, at about 2.5 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Apr
Mud Pond Hike
Saturday, April 21, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is a pretty flat hike. We will start off on the nature trail and head out to Mud Pond. There we will see some beaver lodges and maybe some other fun wildlife. This hike is fairly easy, at about 2.5 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Apr
“Thacher State Park: A Classic North American Geologic Site”
Saturday, April 21, 2018 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

The rocks of Thacher Park record the history of Earth, from the deep geologic past and from recent times. Ancient seas, modern and ancient earthquakes, and today's retreat of the Indian Ladder cliffs can be "read" from the pages of the rock layers. Explore these various Helderberg histories with Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten, geologist at the NY State Museum. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sat 21 Apr
“Thacher State Park: A Classic North American Geologic Site”
Saturday, April 21, 2018 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

The rocks of Thacher Park record the history of Earth, from the deep geologic past and from recent times. Ancient seas, modern and ancient earthquakes, and today's retreat of the Indian Ladder cliffs can be "read" from the pages of the rock layers. Explore these various Helderberg histories with Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten, geologist at the NY State Museum. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sun 22 Apr
Nest Box Monitoring Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, April 22, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

This training will teach you to identify the birds using the birdhouse or nest in your yard and how to monitor the progress of the nestlings. Learn how to obtain and record data and how to keep your baby birds safe from harm. We will go outside to try out your new skills and conduct nest box checks in our fields. Appropriate for adults and children ages 9 & up. Call 872-0800 to register for this free program.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Apr
Celebrate Earth Day
Sunday, April 22, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2000 ext 111

Children and their families are invited to the Creekside Classroom at 11am on Earth Day, Sunday April 22nd, to help end plastic pollution. Join us for a reading of "One Plastic Bag" a story of how five Gambian women sparked a movement to save their village from the negative effects of plastic waste, followed by a craft showing how we can reuse our own plastic waste to make something new. Registration is required; please call 518-584-2000 ext. 111 to register. Please bring your plastic (shopping) bags with you for the craft.

Sun 22 Apr
Nest Box Monitoring Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, April 22, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

This training will teach you to identify the birds using the birdhouse or nest in your yard and how to monitor the progress of the nestlings. Learn how to obtain and record data and how to keep your baby birds safe from harm. We will go outside to try out your new skills and conduct nest box checks in our fields. Appropriate for adults and children ages 9 & up. Call 872-0800 to register for this free program.

Registration: Required
Tue 24 Apr
Turkey Trail Hike
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This moderate hike scales half-way up the Palmertown mountain range. Learn from the park naturalist how this trail got its name. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Rating: Moderate

Registration: Required
Tue 24 Apr
Turkey Trail Hike
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This moderate hike scales half-way up the Palmertown mountain range. Learn from the park naturalist how this trail got its name. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Rating: Moderate

Registration: Required
Tue 24 Apr
The Historic Erie Canal and Where to Find It w/ Ken Silber & Friends Meeting
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Kenneth Silber, author of In DeWitt's Footsteps: Seeing History on the Erie Canal, will talk and show slides about exploring Erie Canal historic sites including remnants of the original Clinton's Ditch.There will be a brief Friends Group meeting to discuss upcoming programs and plans for 2017 prior to the presentation. This is a FREE event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Wed 25 Apr
White Birch Loop
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join an educator on this long but beautiful hike. The first mile is a steep uphill, and then it flattens out but comes to another steep but short section, then leveling out again. This hike is about 3 miles with views of a variety of different tree landscapes. Reservations are required with 24 hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Advanced

Registration: Required
Wed 25 Apr
White Birch Loop
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join an educator on this long but beautiful hike. The first mile is a steep uphill, and then it flattens out but comes to another steep but short section, then leveling out again. This hike is about 3 miles with views of a variety of different tree landscapes. Reservations are required with 24 hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Advanced

Registration: Required
Thu 26 Apr
Meeting of the Friends of Bennington Battlefield
Thursday, April 26, 2018 03:30 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Meetings of the Friends of Bennington Battlefield are open to the public. New members welcome.

Louis Miller Museum, 166 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, NY

Fri 27 Apr
Wetland Trail Hike
Friday, April 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. This is a great habitat for birds, ducks and turtles so keep your eyes peeled. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Fri 27 Apr
Wetland Trail Hike
Friday, April 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. This is a great habitat for birds, ducks and turtles so keep your eyes peeled. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Apr
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, April 28, 2018 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal and learn about where and how they live. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will introduce some of the birds of prey and other animals in her care. Learn what to do if you find an abandoned or injured animal and how to help prevent wildlife emergencies. Please bring a donation to support Kelly's work. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sat 28 Apr
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, April 28, 2018 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal and learn about where and how they live. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will introduce some of the birds of prey and other animals in her care. Learn what to do if you find an abandoned or injured animal and how to help prevent wildlife emergencies. Please bring a donation to support Kelly's work. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sat 28 Apr
Full Moon Hike
Saturday, April 28, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month's Full Moon Hike. While walkingaround the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and themoon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Apr
Full Moon Hike
Saturday, April 28, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month's Full Moon Hike. While walkingaround the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and themoon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Apr
Moonlit Hike
Saturday, April 28, 2018 07:30 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Enjoy the park trails under the moonlight. Please call the Park at (518) 732-0187 to register, and check-in at the program. We will leave at 7:30pm, so please come early enough to check-in. The walk will cover about two miles of fairly easy terrain. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes.

Sun 29 Apr
Waterfalls Geology Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, April 29, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Spring is the best time to enjoy waterfalls in the park. Rushing streams cascade down rocky slopes at Paint Mine and Hop Field, and flow off the cliff above the Indian Ladder Trail. The rocks beneath the water are the cause of all the drama. Come and explore the geology while you take in the beauty of the falls. We'll meet at the Paint Mine picnic area. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Sun 29 Apr
Waterfalls Geology Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, April 29, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Spring is the best time to enjoy waterfalls in the park. Rushing streams cascade down rocky slopes at Paint Mine and Hop Field, and flow off the cliff above the Indian Ladder Trail. The rocks beneath the water are the cause of all the drama. Come and explore the geology while you take in the beauty of the falls. We'll meet at the Paint Mine picnic area. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Sun 29 Apr
Moths, Birds, and Landscaping—The Night Shift at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, April 29, 2018 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Far from being just little brown nuisances, moths play a key role in the functioning of our plant and animal communities. Naturalist Catherine Klatt will introduce us to moths, in all their diversity and beauty. Explore the tight links between moths and birds, and unexpected ways that our home landscaping choices, especially using native plants, affect bird populations. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sun 29 Apr
Moths, Birds, and Landscaping—The Night Shift at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, April 29, 2018 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Far from being just little brown nuisances, moths play a key role in the functioning of our plant and animal communities. Naturalist Catherine Klatt will introduce us to moths, in all their diversity and beauty. Explore the tight links between moths and birds, and unexpected ways that our home landscaping choices, especially using native plants, affect bird populations. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Mon 30 Apr
Meandering Mondays
Monday, April 30, 2018 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator on a morning adventure. This is the third of a series to get out and move. On our third hike we will hike along the Red Oak Ridge Trail which has some ups and downs, traversing the ridge. Please call the park office with 24-hour advanced notice to reserve a spot, 518-793-0511, all are welcome. Adults 62 and under are $2. Children and seniors are $1. We will meet and check in at the office. Rating: Moderate

Registration: Required
Mon 30 Apr
Meandering Mondays
Monday, April 30, 2018 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator on a morning adventure. This is the third of a series to get out and move. On our third hike we will hike along the Red Oak Ridge Trail which has some ups and downs, traversing the ridge. Please call the park office with 24-hour advanced notice to reserve a spot, 518-793-0511, all are welcome. Adults 62 and under are $2. Children and seniors are $1. We will meet and check in at the office. Rating: Moderate

Registration: Required
Thu 03 May
Tour of the Battlefield
Thursday, May 3, 2018 03:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Tour the three main areas of interest in the first engagement of the battle. A mix of walking and driving is required.

Fri 04 May
Hiking Battle Loop
Friday, May 4, 2018 01:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Hike the Battle Loop Trail (1 mile). (Weather permitting.) Hiking boots and warm apparel suggested. Group will meet at the main parking lot of the hilltop.

Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 08:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Register: https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/zzs5hpu0r41tjb/

Come show your love for Schoharie Crossing and volunteer some time on site for I Love My Park Day! A great place to enjoy some recreation, nature and history!

We will be convening at the Visitor Center at 8:00 am and special projects are slated for the morning. Some of these will be at the Visitor Center, while others may be at other locations in the park such as Yankee Hill Lock. Please bring work gloves if you have them and dress for the weather.

A lunch will be provided for volunteers. Contact the site for more details.

"I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event, organized by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local Friends groups, to celebrate and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs.

New Yorkers love their parks, as demonstrated by the thousands of volunteers who are willing to help maintain the beauty of New York’s treasured state parks and historic sites. Friends groups and volunteers are more important than ever to keep parks beautiful, clean, and welcoming for all to visit and enjoy." - www.ptny.org

Registration: Required
Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Register: https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/zzs5hpu0r41tjb/

Meeting location: S Lawn south of Administration Building

Project Descriptions

Project 1: Continuation of straightening and upgrading Mall walkways. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, and snack

Project 2: Spreading woodchips in playgrounds. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, and snack

Project 3: Planting annuals in Administration Building flower beds. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, and snack

Can accommodate: Small Groups, College student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts

For questions about this event:
Call: 518-584-2000
Email: jenny.emmons@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Register: https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/zzs5hpu0r41tjb/

Meeting location: All volunteers should meet at the Pear Orchard Pavilion and park there.

Project 1:Picnic Tables assembly. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack, screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers

Project 2:Replace and groom mulch for playground and playground areas. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack

Project 3:Installing a fence behind the campground garage. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack

Other projects: Highway clean up on Rte. 157 (ages 13 and up). Bring gloves. Stacking firewood at the campground. (bring gloves) Kayak rack assembly (gloves, hand tools)Staining kiosks in Paint Mine and Overlook sections (gloves)Trails clean up (gloves, sturdy shoes) Grounds clean up at Nature Center (gloves)All projects start at 9AM and end at 12:30PM and are appropriate for all ages EXCEPT the highway clean up

We can accommodate: Small Groups, College student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts

For questions about this event:
Call: 518-872-1501
Email: johnkil@juno.com

Registration: Required
Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Register: https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/zzs5hpu0r41tjb/

Meeting location: Deerfield Pavilion

Special instructions: Sign in at the gate and then take first left into Deerfield pavilion parking area

You'll join friends of the park of all ages for a morning of service on park trails, shores, and fields. We thank our volunteers with tasty morning refreshments and a free t-shirt memento for folks who register early. Scout troops, outdoor clubs, families and anyone interested are all welcome! All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, and snack

We can accommodate: Large Groups, Small Groups, College student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts

For questions about this event:
Call: 518-279-1155
Email: Elizabeth.Wagner@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
(518) 587-8277

Register: https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/zzs5hpu0r41tjb/

Meeting location: Visitor Center

Project 1: Help prepare the site for our upcoming season. We will be raking leaves, removing mulch, placing pea gravel, organizing the gift shop and cleaning the visitor center. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring garden gloves and rakes

We can accommodate: Small Groups, College student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts

For questions about this event:
Call: 407-637-9716
Email: director@grantcottage.org

Registration: Required
Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Registration CLOSED-event at capacity

Meeting location: Moreau Lake Nature Center

Special instructions: Please check in at the contact station at the entrance to the park and park at the beach parking lot.

Project Descriptions

Project 1: Spreading wood chips at the parks 5 playgrounds. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves

Project 2: Planting flowers in the parks garden beds and rain garden. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves and small garden tools

Project 3:Install benches and boot brush station. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves

Other projects:Phragmites, Removal Lake Cleanup from Kayaks, Lake/Trail Cleanup, Trail Work, Painting Projects, Invasive species removal at Playgrounds

Can accommodate: Large Groups, Small Groups, College student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts

For questions about this event:
Call: 518-793-0511
Email: peter.iskenderian@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Registration CLOSED-event at capacity

Meeting location: Moreau Lake Nature Center

Special instructions: Please check in at the contact station at the entrance to the park and park at the beach parking lot.

Project Descriptions

Project 1: Spreading wood chips at the parks 5 playgrounds. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves

Project 2: Planting flowers in the parks garden beds and rain garden. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves and small garden tools

Project 3:Install benches and boot brush station. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves

Other projects:Phragmites, Removal Lake Cleanup from Kayaks, Lake/Trail Cleanup, Trail Work, Painting Projects, Invasive species removal at Playgrounds

Can accommodate: Large Groups, Small Groups, College student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts

For questions about this event:
Call: 518-793-0511
Email: peter.iskenderian@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 584-2000

Register: https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/zzs5hpu0r41tjb/

Meeting location: Peebles Island Pavilion

Project Descriptions

Project 1:Litter Pickup on Trails and Shoreline. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves

Project 2:Removal of Downed Tree Limbs/Shrubs. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, metal rakes, and shovels

Can accommodate: Large Groups, Small Groups, College student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts

For questions about this event:
Call: 518-852-5647
Email: david.m.demarco@gmail.com

Registration: Required
Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Register: https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/zzs5hpu0r41tjb/

Meeting location: Main Pavilion located in the park

Project 1:Clearing Portage Trails - cutting back & raking a new trail that will be used by kayakers & canoers. Trail is approximately 100 yards long. Bring gloves, brush clippers, and rakes if you want, otherwise the park will provide all necessary tools. Bug repellent is recommended. Multiple other fun projects possible - helping to beautify the park by picking up scattered ground litter, and trail work to potentially installing sign posts or fixing picnic tables. All ages welcome. Please bring gloves, brush clippers, rakes (recommended but not necessary)

Project 2: Playing in the Flowerbeds - multiple flowerbeds throughout the park to clean, remove winter debris and put down new mulch. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves. Rakes recommended but not necessary

Project 3:Fun with a brush - we have (5) Questar III art exhibit cabinets that need to be stained and we'd like someone to freshen up the volleyball posts with a fresh coat of yellow paint. Brushes will be provided by the park. Please consider wearing clothes that can take some brown stain or yellow paint. All ages welcome.

For questions about this event:
Call: 518-766-0561
Email: adbent59@gmail.com

Registration: Required
Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
(518) 434-0834

Register: https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/zzs5hpu0r41tjb/

Meeting location: Back yard of mansion

Special Instructions: Parking lot available for parking

Project 1:Garden cleanup, garden and planter planting, & raking. We are looking for 12 people for this project. All ages welcome

For questions about this event:
Call: 518-434-0834
Email: heidi.hill@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Register: https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/zzs5hpu0r41tjb/

Meeting location: All volunteers should meet at the Pear Orchard Pavilion and park there.

Project 1:Picnic Tables assembly. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack, screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers

Project 2:Replace and groom mulch for playground and playground areas. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack

Project 3:Installing a fence behind the campground garage. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack

Other projects: Highway clean up on Rte. 157 (ages 13 and up). Bring gloves. Stacking firewood at the campground. (bring gloves) Kayak rack assembly (gloves, hand tools)Staining kiosks in Paint Mine and Overlook sections (gloves)Trails clean up (gloves, sturdy shoes) Grounds clean up at Nature Center (gloves)All projects start at 9AM and end at 12:30PM and are appropriate for all ages EXCEPT the highway clean up

We can accommodate: Small Groups, College student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts

For questions about this event:
Call: 518-872-1501
Email: johnkil@juno.com

Registration: Required
Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Register: https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/zzs5hpu0r41tjb/

Meeting location: Main parking lot on the hilltop

Project Descriptions

Project 1:Volunteers will help fill, plant and hang hanging pots around the information building. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, and snack

Project 2:Volunteers may also assist in clearing undergrowth and brush from the area north of the upper parking lot. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack, rakes, loppers, small hand saws

We can accommodate: Small Groups, Boy or Girl Scouts

For questions about this event:
Call: 518-860-9094
Email: david.pitlyk@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Register: https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/zzs5hpu0r41tjb/

Meeting location: Mid-Level parking lot

Project 1: Planting flowers in various locations around the park. All ages welcome. Please bring: Garden gloves, water, and gardening tools

Project 2: We would like to clean out and beautify the hillside near station. This project will include weeding and possibly planting more ground coverage flowers. All ages welcome. Please bring: Garden gloves, water, and gardening tools

Project 3: Cleaning up the grass area inside the pool near concession (raking, adding topsoil, removing weed mat) and planting some self-sustaining ground coverage. All ages welcome. Please bring: Garden gloves, water, and gardening tools/rakes, clippers

Other Projects:

-Planting flowers in various spots around the park.
-Weeding out the area around our beloved "MK" flowers by Contact Station and adding more ground coverage plants.
-Cleaning up the grass area inside the pool near concession (raking, adding topsoil, removing weed mat) and planting some self-sustaining ground coverage.
-Creating a wood-chip path on our newly constructed Bluebird Trail near the pool.

For questions about this event:
Call (518) 827-8691
Email: Christopher.Kenyon@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sun 06 May
2018 Literacy 5k Run/Walk
Sunday, May 6, 2018 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Register for the Literacy 5K today! The race is at Schodack Island State Park on Sunday, May 6th. Here is the link to register: https://www.zippyreg.com/online_reg/index.php?e=999

The Race Day schedule includes a Story Walk for children, an 1.5 mile guided Nature Walk, a Youth Mile and the 5K Run/Walk followed by an Awards Ceremony. This is a family friendly event and will include children's activities, and health and educational activities provided by local businesses and/or agencies. In addition participants and families will have the opportunity to remain in the park and enjoy the many amenities it offers including the picnic areas, 8 miles of trails, biking, volleyball, horseshoes, and a kayak/canoe launch site. The park is designated as a State Estuary having a portion of the park sheltering a Bird Conservation Area that is home to bald eagles, cerulean warblers and blue herons that nest in the cottonwood trees.

Times and Fees
7:45 - Registration
8:15 - Guided Nature Walk: $10 Pre-registration*; $15 Race day
9:00 - Story Walk (ages 8 & under) Suggested $5 or donation in any amt.
9:30 - Youth Mile: $10 Pre-registration*; $15 Race day
10:00 - 5K Trail Run/Walk: $30 Pre-registration* (3/1 - 5/6) | $35 Race Day
11:15 - Awards Ceremony
10:30-1:00 - Music: Viewpoints
*All pre-registration fees include park entrance fee

Registration: Required
Sun 06 May
Meteorite Mania at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, May 6, 2018 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Even if you can't catch the latest meteor shower, you can still catch some micrometeorites! Join us for a lesson on these extraterrestrial objects, followed by a hands-on activity demonstrating how to find micrometeorites – in your own backyard! Appropriate for ages 10 and older. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Sun 06 May
Meteorite Mania at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, May 6, 2018 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Even if you can't catch the latest meteor shower, you can still catch some micrometeorites! Join us for a lesson on these extraterrestrial objects, followed by a hands-on activity demonstrating how to find micrometeorites – in your own backyard! Appropriate for ages 10 and older. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Thu 10 May
Early Bird Tour of the Battlefield
Thursday, May 10, 2018 10:00 AM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Tour the three main areas of interest in the first engagement of the battle. A mix of walking and driving is required.

Sat 12 May
Geology Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 12, 2018 09:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

The rocks in Thacher Park were historically thought to be nicely layered. Recent discoveries show that the rocks are actually folded and faulted. Learn about how we are refining our understanding of the park's geology and how it serves as a transition between the geology to the west and that to the south. Meet leader Thom Engel at Hop Field picnic area. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Sat 12 May
Geology Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 12, 2018 09:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

The rocks in Thacher Park were historically thought to be nicely layered. Recent discoveries show that the rocks are actually folded and faulted. Learn about how we are refining our understanding of the park's geology and how it serves as a transition between the geology to the west and that to the south. Meet leader Thom Engel at Hop Field picnic area. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Sat 12 May
Wildflower Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 12, 2018 11:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

There are just a few weeks in early spring when the sun shines through leafless trees to bring forth blooms on the forest floor. These woodland wildflowers have begun to bloom and soon will disappear. Come look for trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, trout lily, wild ginger, and more. Meet at Paint Mine picnic area. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Sat 12 May
Wildflower Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 12, 2018 11:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

There are just a few weeks in early spring when the sun shines through leafless trees to bring forth blooms on the forest floor. These woodland wildflowers have begun to bloom and soon will disappear. Come look for trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, trout lily, wild ginger, and more. Meet at Paint Mine picnic area. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Sat 12 May
Sustainable Living in a Changing Climate
Saturday, May 12, 2018 01:00 PM
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 584-2000

Please join the Friends of Peebles Island State Park for this timely presentation.

97% of scientists believe that climate change is real and human caused. Saratoga County Master Gardeners, Gordie Peters and Marcia Martin, will offer a PowerPoint presentation explaining the science (causes & effects) behind climate change. Come and learn about the greenhouse effect, carbon sequestration, and mycorrhizae. Gordie and Marcia will answer questions such as; "How does melting sea ice affect me?", "Do plants really communicate with each other?", and "Why does thrift store shopping matter?"

Leave with practical tips and actions we can use to push back against climate change, including how to create a free soil amendment to encourage healthier plants.Handouts will be available and there will be time for your questions.

FREE and open to the public
FREE parking

Seating may be limited depending on interest. Come a little early!

Check the following for updated information: https://sites.google.com/view/friendsofpeeblesisland/home and email questions to friendsofpeebles@gmail.com.

Thu 17 May
Tour of the Battlefield
Thursday, May 17, 2018 03:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Tour the three main areas of interest in the first engagement of the battle. A mix of walking and driving is required.

Sat 19 May
Birding with Rich Guthrie at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, May 19, 2018 08:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Spring is here and birdsong is in the air. This is the best time to see birds dressed in their finest plumage and singing to find their mates. We'll start at the Nature Center feeders and head out on the trails at 8:30am. Beginners are welcome and binoculars are available to borrow. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Sat 19 May
Birding with Rich Guthrie at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, May 19, 2018 08:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Spring is here and birdsong is in the air. This is the best time to see birds dressed in their finest plumage and singing to find their mates. We'll start at the Nature Center feeders and head out on the trails at 8:30am. Beginners are welcome and binoculars are available to borrow. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Sat 19 May
Raptor Fest
Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Audubon Society of the Capital Region presents the second annual Raptor Fest at Schodack Island State Park. Guests of all ages will be fascinated by live birds of prey. Live music, food and beverage, and kids activities will make this a fun day for the whole family.

Main Event: 10am-4pm
Migratory Bird Walk: 8am
Raptor Walk: 9:30am
Live Eagle with Adirondack Wildlife: 11am
Migratory Bird Walk: 12pm
Hawks and Owls with Audubon Sharon: 12pm
Live Birds with Page Wildlife Center: 2pmSeining for Eagle Food: 3pm

Sat 19 May
Kids to Parks Day – Nature Walk
Saturday, May 19, 2018 11:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Spring is in the Air! Bring the kids or grandkids out to Schoharie Crossing for a nature program and exploration of the natural wonders of this rich historic site! We'll traverse the trail*, watching for birds and spotting wildflowers along the way!

After the walk, enjoy a picnic lunch at the site and create new memories that will last a lifetime.

We are excited to once again be part of National Park Trust's Kids to Parks Day! We will conduct a Nature Walk leaving the Visitor Center at 11am - *roundtrip approx. 90 minutes with interpretive staff.

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is partnered with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (yes! we have a National Parks Stamp too!)

Sun 20 May
Native Plant Sale at Thacher Park Overlook
Sunday, May 20, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

The sale theme is "Beauty and Beyond", featuring plants with blossoms and beauty for all seasons. We are offering native perennials, shrubs and trees with beautiful flowers followed by berries, nuts, and seed pods to feed the birds, or fall color and foliage. Native plants can fill those difficult areas as well as bring gorgeous color throughout the year. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sun 20 May
Native Plant Sale at Thacher Park Overlook
Sunday, May 20, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

The sale theme is "Beauty and Beyond", featuring plants with blossoms and beauty for all seasons. We are offering native perennials, shrubs and trees with beautiful flowers followed by berries, nuts, and seed pods to feed the birds, or fall color and foliage. Native plants can fill those difficult areas as well as bring gorgeous color throughout the year. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Mon 21 May
Tour of the Battlefield
Monday, May 21, 2018 03:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Tour the three main areas of interest in the first engagement of the battle. A mix of walking and driving is required.

Fri 25 May
Community Cookout
Friday, May 25, 2018 06:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Pack a picnic lunch or bring some charcoal to set up on one of our grills and talk history with like-minded visitors.

Sat 26 May
Geocache Challenge Kick-off Event
Saturday, May 26, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock

We are looking to kick off the 2018 Saratoga-Capital Geocache Challenge! For more on the Geocache Challenge or geocaching at NY State Parks & Historic Sites, please visit www.nysparks.com

 

Sat 26 May
“What is a Vernal Pond?” at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 26, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Vernal ponds are ephemeral wetlands that fill with water from winter and spring rains, and usually dry out by the end of summer. We will explore a vernal pond that serves as an important breeding site for many obligate species, including the Yellow Spotted and Jefferson salamanders. Come try your hand at citizen science, and discover why vernal pools are known to be the coral reefs of the northeastern forest. Appropriate for ages 8 and older. Call 518-872-0800 to register and for meeting place. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 May
“What is a Vernal Pond?” at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 26, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Vernal ponds are ephemeral wetlands that fill with water from winter and spring rains, and usually dry out by the end of summer. We will explore a vernal pond that serves as an important breeding site for many obligate species, including the Yellow Spotted and Jefferson salamanders. Come try your hand at citizen science, and discover why vernal pools are known to be the coral reefs of the northeastern forest. Appropriate for ages 8 and older. Call 518-872-0800 to register and for meeting place. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Sun 27 May
Doggy Day Stroll in Thacher Park
Sunday, May 27, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us with your furry friends for a leisurely stroll through the park. We will begin at Pear Orchard and walk along the Escarpment Trail. Learn about different techniques for keeping your dog safe and comfortable while they enjoy the outdoors. Proof of recent vaccinations and six-foot leash (maximum) is required. To register call 518-872-1237. Parking fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Sun 27 May
Doggy Day Stroll in Thacher Park
Sunday, May 27, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Join us with your furry friends for a leisurely stroll through the park. We will begin at Pear Orchard and walk along the Escarpment Trail. Learn about different techniques for keeping your dog safe and comfortable while they enjoy the outdoors. Proof of recent vaccinations and six-foot leash (maximum) is required. To register call 518-872-1237. Parking fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Thu 31 May
Legends of the Battle of Bennington
Thursday, May 31, 2018 06:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Site Assistant David Pitlyk presents a counter-factual history of the battle.

Sat 02 Jun
National Trails Day at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 2, 2018 09:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

If you love to use the great trails at Thacher Park, this is the time to show your appreciation. Come and help out with trail maintenance projects for the morning and stay for lunch, provided by the Friends of Thacher Park. Call 518-872-1237 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Jun
National Trails Day at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 2, 2018 09:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

If you love to use the great trails at Thacher Park, this is the time to show your appreciation. Come and help out with trail maintenance projects for the morning and stay for lunch, provided by the Friends of Thacher Park. Call 518-872-1237 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 02 Jun
Intro to Beekeeping
Saturday, June 2, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Have you ever wanted to learn about beekeeping? Maybe you're interested in making your own honey. Stop by the Max V. Stage for an Intro to Bee Keeping seminar with Dean Haskin from Mickle Hollow Maple. Dean will discuss the various aspects of how to start and maintain a bee colony and the items you will need. You will get an up close and personal experience with all the materials professional bee keepers use!

Camper education programs are the first Saturday of every month. This event is free to the public. No registration is required. For more information please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Sun 03 Jun
Explore a Bog at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 3, 2018 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

What is the nature of a bog? Who lives there? What kinds of plants exist in a bog? We will explore these questions and more. Smell the fragrance of sweet gale, see native iris in bloom, and search for carnivorous sundews. Learn how a pitcher plant “eats”. There is a lot to explore from the shore of our manmade bog. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 03 Jun
Explore a Bog at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 3, 2018 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

What is the nature of a bog? Who lives there? What kinds of plants exist in a bog? We will explore these questions and more. Smell the fragrance of sweet gale, see native iris in bloom, and search for carnivorous sundews. Learn how a pitcher plant “eats”. There is a lot to explore from the shore of our manmade bog. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sun 03 Jun
Poetry Songs & History Songs w/ Cosby Gibson & Tom Staudle
Sunday, June 3, 2018 04:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center/Enders House

Join us for "Poetry Songs and History Songs"This inspiring musical performance brings together the words of famous poets and original tunes by Tom Staudle (Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe, Andy Rooney, a local poet, and more). History Song series portrays the life of the American Settlers during the Revolution through original songs by Cosby Gibson.

 

Thu 07 Jun
Thursday Trail Treks at Thacher Park
Thursday, June 7, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Thacher State Park is home to over 25 miles of trails. Explore the trails with our educators on a series of walks throughout the park. We begin the series with a focus on trail etiquette as we experience the hemlock forest and walk near a wetland habitat on the Orange trail. The rating for this walk is Beginner at 1 mile in length. Meet at the Hop Field parking area. Call 518-872-1237 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Thu 07 Jun
Thursday Trail Treks at Thacher Park
Thursday, June 7, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Thacher State Park is home to over 25 miles of trails. Explore the trails with our educators on a series of walks throughout the park. We begin the series with a focus on trail etiquette as we experience the hemlock forest and walk near a wetland habitat on the Orange trail. The rating for this walk is Beginner at 1 mile in length. Meet at the Hop Field parking area. Call 518-872-1237 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Thu 07 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 7, 2018 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock

Come join in the fun for the 3rd Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock!

Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock. 553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE

 

Sat 09 Jun
Off the Beaten Path Geology Walk in Thacher Park
Saturday, June 9, 2018 09:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Mud, sand and shells record ancient Albany County history, long before dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Thacher Park's rocks and fossils record a time of abundant marine life in tropical seas, when New York was about 30 degrees south of the equator. Explore little known parts of Thacher Park and New York's ancient seas with Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten, New York State Museum. Be prepared for moderately strenuous hiking on and off trail. Call 518 872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Jun
Off the Beaten Path Geology Walk in Thacher Park
Saturday, June 9, 2018 09:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Mud, sand and shells record ancient Albany County history, long before dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Thacher Park's rocks and fossils record a time of abundant marine life in tropical seas, when New York was about 30 degrees south of the equator. Explore little known parts of Thacher Park and New York's ancient seas with Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten, New York State Museum. Be prepared for moderately strenuous hiking on and off trail. Call 518 872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Sun 10 Jun
Explore the Bluebird Trail at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 10, 2018 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Want to see an Eastern Bluebird? Sneak a peek at some Tree Swallow hatchlings? Our Bluebird Trail winds through fields and woods with homes for over 25 nesting pairs of birds. Join us as we check on who's in our nest boxes and monitor and record data on several bird species. Bring binoculars and be prepared to walk on uneven terrain. Program is free and open to all ages. Space is limited, please call 518-872-0800 to register.

Sun 10 Jun
Explore the Bluebird Trail at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 10, 2018 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Want to see an Eastern Bluebird? Sneak a peek at some Tree Swallow hatchlings? Our Bluebird Trail winds through fields and woods with homes for over 25 nesting pairs of birds. Join us as we check on who's in our nest boxes and monitor and record data on several bird species. Bring binoculars and be prepared to walk on uneven terrain. Program is free and open to all ages. Space is limited, please call 518-872-0800 to register.

Thu 14 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 14, 2018 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock

Come join in the fun for the 3rd Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock!

Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock. 553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE

 

Fri 15 Jun
Moonlit Owl Hike
Friday, June 15, 2018 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

We're back with another (warmer) Moonlit Owl Hike! We'll trek out and hike around the park to look and listen for one of nature's most elusive and gorgeous creatures. Bring your best owl call, we will practice some of our own to try and get some owls to talk with us.Pre-registration is not required and this event is free to the public. Please leave your pets at home for this event.

Sat 16 Jun
Hike through History
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 584-2000

Please join the Friends of Peebles Island State Park for a history hike of our picturesque Island situated at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. This easy, up to two-mile hike, follows the perimeter of the Island which is rich in history, wildlife and scenery. Learn about the geological and glacial formation of the Island, the Native American presence in the area and Mohican village on the Island, early Dutch heritage, the Revolutionary War encampment by the Continental Army in 1777 and earthwork fortifications that still exist, area industry, and Island flora and fauna.

Two hikes will be offered at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A shorter walk will also be available at each time that covers the history of the Park.Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome.

Check the following for updated information: https://sites.google.com/view/friendsofpeeblesisland/home and email questions to friendsofpeebles@gmail.com.

Sat 16 Jun
Path Through History Weekend
Saturday, June 16, 2018 until Sunday, June 17, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

All Weekend:

Across New York State various cultural institutions, historic sites, museums and communities will celebrate their heritage!

We will be conducting a Scavenger Hunt for those interested in exploring the site and discovering all that it has to offer. Complete the hunt and be entered into a prize drawing. Contact the site for more information and pick up a copy of the scavenger hunt booklet.

On Saturday, June 17th there will be a History & Hearsay tour of the site starting at 3pm at the Visitor Center. The tour lasts approx. 90 minutes and proper footwear for walking on grassy trails is suggested.

"Path Through History Weekend is a showcase of New York State's rich and fascinating history and will feature hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations throughout the state. You don't have to be a historian to appreciate New York State's rich heritage. New York's new Path Through History helps you discover, experience and appreciate the state's amazing past. A wealth of memorable experiences awaits you - from living history museums, to forts and military landmarks, to the homes of presidents, great writers and artists. With an unparalleled network of museums, historic sites and cultural institutions, Path Through History takes you across the state to discover events of the past and learn how they reverberate today. "

Sat 16 Jun
Karst Geology Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 16, 2018 09:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Much of the rock found in Thacher Park is limestone. Limestone can be dissolved through natural processes, giving rise to topography called karst. Features of karst topography include sinkholes and caves. On this walk we will see some fine examples of karst and learn about a process that is shaping the park we see today. Call 518-872-0800 to register and for meeting place.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Jun
Karst Geology Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 16, 2018 09:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Much of the rock found in Thacher Park is limestone. Limestone can be dissolved through natural processes, giving rise to topography called karst. Features of karst topography include sinkholes and caves. On this walk we will see some fine examples of karst and learn about a process that is shaping the park we see today. Call 518-872-0800 to register and for meeting place.

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Jun
FMRRC Mule Haul
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Fulmont Roadrunners Club is conducting their annual Mule Haul race on Father's Day. Please visit: http://www.fmrrc.org/ for more information.

Thu 21 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 21, 2018 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock

Come join in the fun for the 3rd Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock!

Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock. 553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE

 

Sat 23 Jun
Hike to High Point at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Get outside and stretch your legs by joining us for a hike on the Fred Schroeder Memorial Trail (2.72 mi)! We'll discuss our observations of the landscape in a geologic context, while enjoying the scenery of the park. Call 518-872-0800 to register and for meeting location.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Jun
Hike to High Point at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Get outside and stretch your legs by joining us for a hike on the Fred Schroeder Memorial Trail (2.72 mi)! We'll discuss our observations of the landscape in a geologic context, while enjoying the scenery of the park. Call 518-872-0800 to register and for meeting location.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Jun
Walk Through History at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 23, 2018 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join historian Tim Albright on a walk back through time in Thacher Park. Tim will share the story of the park's history and tales of former residents. Meet at the Visitor Center and wear appropriate footwear for hiking on uneven terrain. Call 518-872-1237 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Jun
Walk Through History at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 23, 2018 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Join historian Tim Albright on a walk back through time in Thacher Park. Tim will share the story of the park's history and tales of former residents. Meet at the Visitor Center and wear appropriate footwear for hiking on uneven terrain. Call 518-872-1237 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Thu 28 Jun
Thursday Trail Treks at Thacher Park
Thursday, June 28, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Thacher State Park is home to over 25 miles of trails. Explore the trails with our educators on a series of interpretive walks throughout the park. This week we'll experience waterfalls and an old hemlock forest on the Red Trail, and learn about geology and ecology along the way. The rating for this tour is Beginner at 1.25 miles in length. Meet at the Paint Mine parking area. Call 518-872-1237 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Thu 28 Jun
Thursday Trail Treks at Thacher Park
Thursday, June 28, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Thacher State Park is home to over 25 miles of trails. Explore the trails with our educators on a series of interpretive walks throughout the park. This week we'll experience waterfalls and an old hemlock forest on the Red Trail, and learn about geology and ecology along the way. The rating for this tour is Beginner at 1.25 miles in length. Meet at the Paint Mine parking area. Call 518-872-1237 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Thu 28 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 28, 2018 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock

Come join in the fun for the 3rd Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock!

Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock. 553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE

 

Fri 29 Jun
Fireside Jams
Friday, June 29, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Ready to relax and have some dinner by the fire? Meet us at the fire ring by the Max V. Stage for Fireside Jams, and acoustic campfire music session. All instruments, dance moves, and singing voices are welcomed! Meet some new friends and discover some new talent.

Fireside Jams is held the last Saturday of every month at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Sat 30 Jun
Wild about Wetlands at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Wetlands are fascinating ecosystems where land meets water, and life abounds! Join us for a hike to one of Thacher Park's wetlands, where we will study the plants and animals that thrive in this unique environment, and discuss the integral role that wetlands play in watershed ecology. Appropriate for adults and children 12 and older. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Jun
Wild about Wetlands at Thacher Park
Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Wetlands are fascinating ecosystems where land meets water, and life abounds! Join us for a hike to one of Thacher Park's wetlands, where we will study the plants and animals that thrive in this unique environment, and discuss the integral role that wetlands play in watershed ecology. Appropriate for adults and children 12 and older. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Sun 01 Jul
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, July 1, 2018 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Descend the cliff and learn about the geologic and cultural history of the Helderbergs on this scenic and historic trail. See underground streams, look for fossils and step inside the crevice cave along the trail. Trail is moderately rugged with stairclimbing and a couple of steep slopes. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Indian Ladder picnic area. Walk lasts about 1.5 hours. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Sun 01 Jul
Indian Ladder Trail Guided Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, July 1, 2018 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Descend the cliff and learn about the geologic and cultural history of the Helderbergs on this scenic and historic trail. See underground streams, look for fossils and step inside the crevice cave along the trail. Trail is moderately rugged with stairclimbing and a couple of steep slopes. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Indian Ladder picnic area. Walk lasts about 1.5 hours. Call 518-872-0800 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Wed 04 Jul
Americana Classic Cruise-In
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 01:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join us at the mid-level pavilion for an afternoon filled with classic cars! Mine Kill State Park will be hosting a classic car cruise-in. Afternoon will include food, music, a "People's Choice" award for first, second, and third place, as well as other fun games and prizes! No registration is required. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Thu 05 Jul
Thursday Trail Treks at Thacher Park
Thursday, July 5, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Thacher State Park is home to over 25 miles of trails. Explore the trails with our educators on a series of interpretive walks throughout the park. This week we'll experience views into the Hudson-Mohawk Valley and learn about the geologic processes that shaped the valley on the Escarpment Trail. The rating for this tour is Moderate at 3 miles in length. Meet at the Horseshoe I parking area. Call 518-872-1237 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Thu 05 Jul
Thursday Trail Treks at Thacher Park
Thursday, July 5, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Thacher State Park is home to over 25 miles of trails. Explore the trails with our educators on a series of interpretive walks throughout the park. This week we'll experience views into the Hudson-Mohawk Valley and learn about the geologic processes that shaped the valley on the Escarpment Trail. The rating for this tour is Moderate at 3 miles in length. Meet at the Horseshoe I parking area. Call 518-872-1237 to register. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Jul
Mine Kill Kayaking
Saturday, July 7, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Interested in kayaking but not sure where to start?

Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Jul
Fish Wade at Thompson’s Lake
Saturday, July 7, 2018 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Come and check out who's swimming in Thompson's Lake with ecologist Dr. Doug Fraser. We'll use seines and dip nets in shallow areas to capture, look at, and discuss the ecology and behavior of fish in the lake. Wear shoes and clothing that can get wet. Limit 20 people; children under 12 may attend with parent. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Jul
Fish Wade at Thompson’s Lake
Saturday, July 7, 2018 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Come and check out who's swimming in Thompson's Lake with ecologist Dr. Doug Fraser. We'll use seines and dip nets in shallow areas to capture, look at, and discuss the ecology and behavior of fish in the lake. Wear shoes and clothing that can get wet. Limit 20 people; children under 12 may attend with parent. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Mon 09 Jul
Learn-to-Swim
Monday, July 9, 2018 until Friday, July 20, 2018
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2000 ext 116

Saratoga Spa State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 9th through July 20th, 2018 at the Peerless Pool.

Who: Any child between the ages of 3 and 12

Where: Peerless Pool

When: Monday – Friday, July 9 – 20, 2018, between 8-10a.m.
Session I: 8:30-9:10a.m.
Session II: 9:20-10:00a.m.

Cost: FREE

How: ONE registration session: (at the Saratoga Spa State Park Administration Building): Wednesday, May 16th, 6p.m.

Bring: Medical information- Child's guardian's name, address and phone number, Child's doctor's name, address and phone number, Child's insurance information (name of company and ID number), List of any allergies or special conditions, Date of last tetanus shot, List of medications being taken.

Registration: Required
Wed 11 Jul
Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Enders House- Discover more wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. More information to come.

Sat 14 Jul
Canal Days
Saturday, July 14, 2018 until Sunday, July 15, 2018 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Around the Visitor Center

The annual celebration of the community & canal! More information to come, check back for updates!

If you'd like to be a part of the activities and programs for this event, contact Janice at SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov or (518) 829-7516 for details.

Fri 27 Jul
Fireside Jams
Friday, July 27, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Ready to relax and have some dinner by the fire? Meet us at the fire ring by the Max V. Stage for Fireside Jams, and acoustic campfire music session. All instruments, dance moves, and singing voices are welcomed! Meet some new friends and discover some new talent.

Fireside Jams is held the last Saturday of every month at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690

Sun 29 Jul
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

7/29 Corinne Stavish, All in the Family: Three generations of journeys and guilt trips

8/05 Jennifer Munro, Cast of Characters: Ordinary Stories about Extraordinary Moments

8/12 Andy Offutt Irwin, Love and Armadillo Migration, An octogenarian love story with armadillos, honey bees, some world-class whistling.

8/19 Claire Nolan, Stories from my Backyard and Beyond: Adventure begins at Home

8/26 Anne Shimojima, Sakura Tales: Magic, humor, and wisdom in stories from Japan

9/09 Nancy Marie Payne, Ruslan and Ludmila: Alexander Pushkin's saga of majesty, magic and mayhem, Oh, My!

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Sat 04 Aug
Mine Kill Kayaking
Saturday, August 4, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Interested in kayaking but not sure where to start?

Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Sun 05 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

7/29 Corinne Stavish, All in the Family: Three generations of journeys and guilt trips

8/05 Jennifer Munro, Cast of Characters: Ordinary Stories about Extraordinary Moments

8/12 Andy Offutt Irwin, Love and Armadillo Migration, An octogenarian love story with armadillos, honey bees, some world-class whistling.

8/19 Claire Nolan, Stories from my Backyard and Beyond: Adventure begins at Home

8/26 Anne Shimojima, Sakura Tales: Magic, humor, and wisdom in stories from Japan

9/09 Nancy Marie Payne, Ruslan and Ludmila: Alexander Pushkin's saga of majesty, magic and mayhem, Oh, My!

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Wed 08 Aug
Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Enders House- Discover more wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. More information to come.

Sun 12 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

7/29 Corinne Stavish, All in the Family: Three generations of journeys and guilt trips

8/05 Jennifer Munro, Cast of Characters: Ordinary Stories about Extraordinary Moments

8/12 Andy Offutt Irwin, Love and Armadillo Migration, An octogenarian love story with armadillos, honey bees, some world-class whistling.

8/19 Claire Nolan, Stories from my Backyard and Beyond: Adventure begins at Home

8/26 Anne Shimojima, Sakura Tales: Magic, humor, and wisdom in stories from Japan

9/09 Nancy Marie Payne, Ruslan and Ludmila: Alexander Pushkin's saga of majesty, magic and mayhem, Oh, My!

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Sun 19 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

7/29 Corinne Stavish, All in the Family: Three generations of journeys and guilt trips

8/05 Jennifer Munro, Cast of Characters: Ordinary Stories about Extraordinary Moments

8/12 Andy Offutt Irwin, Love and Armadillo Migration, An octogenarian love story with armadillos, honey bees, some world-class whistling.

8/19 Claire Nolan, Stories from my Backyard and Beyond: Adventure begins at Home

8/26 Anne Shimojima, Sakura Tales: Magic, humor, and wisdom in stories from Japan

9/09 Nancy Marie Payne, Ruslan and Ludmila: Alexander Pushkin's saga of majesty, magic and mayhem, Oh, My!

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Sat 25 Aug
Adventure Kayaking
Saturday, August 25, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Come Adventure Kayaking with Mine Kill! Depending on water levels, participants will get the chance to paddle up the Schoharie Creek on a guided tour. You'll see amazing sights from different soil types, aquatic invasives, bald eagles, fish, rock formations, small waterfalls, and more!

Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. Personal kayaks or canoes are permitted for free. All participants are required to wear an approved and fitting PFD that will be checked by staff. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Arrangements can be made for younger children but please call ahead. Pre-registration is REQUIRED; no walk-ins will be allowed. Flip-flops are not allowed. Please wear sneakers, water shoes, or closed toe sandals. Barefoot is not recommended.

For more information or to sign up, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Sun 26 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

7/29 Corinne Stavish, All in the Family: Three generations of journeys and guilt trips

8/05 Jennifer Munro, Cast of Characters: Ordinary Stories about Extraordinary Moments

8/12 Andy Offutt Irwin, Love and Armadillo Migration, An octogenarian love story with armadillos, honey bees, some world-class whistling.

8/19 Claire Nolan, Stories from my Backyard and Beyond: Adventure begins at Home

8/26 Anne Shimojima, Sakura Tales: Magic, humor, and wisdom in stories from Japan

9/09 Nancy Marie Payne, Ruslan and Ludmila: Alexander Pushkin's saga of majesty, magic and mayhem, Oh, My!

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Tue 28 Aug
The Teeth of the Lion: The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion w/ Anita Sanchez & Friends Meeting
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House- The Teeth of the Lion: The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion

Join us as we welcome author Anita Sanchez who will share some stories, lore, and recipes involving dandelions. Once a highly esteemed medicine and a popular garden plant, it's only recently that dandelions have lost their popularity. We'll try dandelion tea and collect some specimens of dandelions and other common medicinal plants.

There will be a brief Friends Group meeting prior to the presentation. This is a FREE event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Fri 31 Aug
Fireside Jams
Friday, August 31, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Ready to relax and have some dinner by the fire? Meet us at the fire ring by the Max V. Stage for Fireside Jams, and acoustic campfire music session. All instruments, dance moves, and singing voices are welcomed! Meet some new friends and discover some new talent.

Fireside Jams is held the last Saturday of every month at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Sat 01 Sep
Mine Kill Kayaking
Saturday, September 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Interested in kayaking but not sure where to start?

Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Sat 01 Sep
Wildlife Wonders with Ranger Raid
Saturday, September 1, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Take a walk outside your door. What do you hear? Maybe a tweet, a howl, a growl? What do you see? A nest, a track, a piece of fur, or a feather? Have you ever wondered what those sounds were or who those tracks belong to?

Wildlife Wonders with Ranger Raid will discuss the various species of NY and their behaviors, appearances, habitats, tracks, calls, and other aspects. This is a hands-on learning experience with gorgeous full body taxidermy displays of coyotes, bobcats, black bears, white-tail deer, owls, and more. Pelts, bones, skulls, feathers, and other items will also be on display for participants to touch and inspect. You don't want to miss this opportunity to get up close and personal with the wildlife from your area.

This event is free to the public, pre-registration is not required. For more information please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Sun 02 Sep
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

7/29 Corinne Stavish, All in the Family: Three generations of journeys and guilt trips

8/05 Jennifer Munro, Cast of Characters: Ordinary Stories about Extraordinary Moments

8/12 Andy Offutt Irwin, Love and Armadillo Migration, An octogenarian love story with armadillos, honey bees, some world-class whistling.

8/19 Claire Nolan, Stories from my Backyard and Beyond: Adventure begins at Home

8/26 Anne Shimojima, Sakura Tales: Magic, humor, and wisdom in stories from Japan

9/09 Nancy Marie Payne, Ruslan and Ludmila: Alexander Pushkin's saga of majesty, magic and mayhem, Oh, My!

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Sun 09 Sep
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center.

7/29 Corinne Stavish, All in the Family: Three generations of journeys and guilt trips

8/05 Jennifer Munro, Cast of Characters: Ordinary Stories about Extraordinary Moments

8/12 Andy Offutt Irwin, Love and Armadillo Migration, An octogenarian love story with armadillos, honey bees, some world-class whistling.

8/19 Claire Nolan, Stories from my Backyard and Beyond: Adventure begins at Home

8/26 Anne Shimojima, Sakura Tales: Magic, humor, and wisdom in stories from Japan

9/09 Nancy Marie Payne, Ruslan and Ludmila: Alexander Pushkin's saga of majesty, magic and mayhem, Oh, My!

Made possible with the support of: Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts w/ the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Wed 12 Sep
Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Enders House- Discover more wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. More information to come.
Mon 24 Sep
Moonlight Kayaking
Monday, September 24, 2018 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Back by popular demand, Mine Kill is hosting another moonlit paddle! Participants will get the chance to paddle around the reservoir and if the water is high enough, we might even be able to paddle up the creek. This is a great way to have some fun, test your skills, and listen for some wildlife on a nice relaxing night. Canoes are welcome to join!

Space is very limited, so sign up fast! Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. PFD's are REQUIRED and must be worn AT ALL TIMES. For more information or to sign up, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Tue 25 Sep
Epizooty! The Great Horse Influenza and the Erie Canal w/ Travis Bowman & Friends Meeting
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House- What happened when every engine in New York State effectively stopped working at the same time? Post-Civil War America is commonly thought of as a time of rapid industrialization and mechanization, but in reality, horses and mules were still at the heart of every transportation system in the country. Using collections from the new exhibit at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Senior Curator from the NYS Bureau of Historic Sites Travis Bowman will discuss the devastating effects of the horse influenza epizootic of 1872-3, which shut down the Erie Canal and possibly drove a leading freight company on the canal to go bankrupt in 1874.

There will be a brief Friends Group meeting prior to the presentation. This is a FREE event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Fri 28 Sep
Fireside Jams
Friday, September 28, 2018 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Ready to relax and have some dinner by the fire? Meet us at the fire ring by the Max V. Stage for Fireside Jams, and acoustic campfire music session. All instruments, dance moves, and singing voices are welcomed! Meet some new friends and discover some new talent.

Fireside Jams is held the last Saturday of every month at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Sun 14 Oct
Fall Paddle
Sunday, October 14, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

John Burroughs once said "How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." If you want to witness some beautiful Autumn colors, sign up for our Fall Paddle Tour! We'll paddle up the Schoharie Creek if the water level allows and witness the bright yellows, reds, and oranges, that signal the changing of the seasons. This is a relaxing, quiet tour for patrons who need to rent a kayak, or have their own. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Tue 16 Oct
Autumn Walking Tour
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center- Come explore the trails at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site w/ site educator David for this free Autumn Tour. The tour covers about a mile of the historic Erie Canal towpath and will include interpretive stops along the way. Autumn is a terrific time of year to walk the trails at Schoharie Crossing, and this is a great chance to get a free tour.

Tour time is approximately 90 minutes with interpretive stops. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on grass trails. In case of *Rain* tour will be post-poned.

Tue 06 Nov
NYS History Month – Tuesday Talks
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House- Speaker & Topic TBA Celebrate the rich history of New York State with us during this series of talks recognizing NYS History Month.
Tue 13 Nov
NYS History Month – Tuesday Talks
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House- Speaker & Topic TBA Celebrate the rich history of New York State with us during this series of talks recognizing NYS History Month.
Tue 20 Nov
NYS History Month – Tuesday Talks
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House- Speaker & Topic TBA Celebrate the rich history of New York State with us during this series of talks recognizing NYS History Month.
Tue 27 Nov
NYS History Month – Tuesday Talks
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In the Enders House- Speaker & Topic TBA Celebrate the rich history of New York State with us during this series of talks recognizing NYS History Month.